Northcentral Technical College recognizes that knowledge, attitudes and skills may be gained through past life, work and educational experiences, as well as at Northcentral Technical College.
Credit for prior learning may be obtained through the following methods:
Transfer of Credits From Other Post-Secondary Institutions
Credits may be accepted for satisfactorily (minimum grade of “C”) completing courses at other regionally accredited technical colleges, universities or colleges when the course competencies are comparable. Provide the NTC Registrar’s Office with an official copy of all post-secondary school transcripts to verify credit transfer.
Credit for Life or Work Experience
Credit may be granted for prior learning experiences in life and work, as well as educational experiences when written documentation and/or a portfolio is submitted which contains evidence that course competencies have been met. Contact the NTC Registrar’s Office for information. A referral will be made to the appropriate instructional area for evaluation. There is a 25 percent of tuition charge per credit for this service.
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Credit Granted by College Developed Performance Criteria
Credit may be granted to students who demonstrate course competencies through college developed performance tests and practical exams. Contact the NTC Registrar’s Office for information. A referral will be made to the appropriate instructional area for evaluation. There is a 25 percent of tuition charge per credit for this service.
Credit Through Standardized Tests
Successful completion of national standardized tests may meet NTC course requirements. Credits will be granted based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for passing scores. For the Advanced Placement (AP) test, a student must receive a score of 3 or above to be eligible for credit. A copy of test results is required. The NTC Registrar’s Office must receive a copy of your documented test results.
Evaluation of Military and Private Sector Training
Training courses taken while on active duty (including National Guard, Reserve) and a student’s Military Occupational Status (MOS) may be considered for credit. Training programs offered by large corporations, professional associations and voluntary organizations endorsed by the National Council on Education might also be considered for credit. Provide the NTC Registrar’s Office with documentation of your educational experiences for evaluation of credit.
Students with an Earned Degree
A number of credits will be awarded toward completion of the technical college general education core in an associate degree program for a student who has earned a Associate or Bachelor degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education, regardless of the student’s prior course of study, time since the awarding of the degree, or the technical college program the student is enrolled in. An official copy of your transcripts must be provided to the NTC Registrar’s Office before the transfer of credits can begin.
All advanced standing credits count for graduation requirements in those programs in which the courses are required, or where they may be used as elective courses. Advanced standing credits do not count toward financial aid eligibility or residency requirements.
A minimum of 25 percent of credit requirements must be directly earned through graded coursework (with a minimum of 25% of those credits in the technical discipline/occupational core) at Northcentral Technical College for program graduation in an Associate Degree or Diploma program. In a certificate program, a minimum of 50% of credit requirements must be directly earned through graded coursework at NTC. Students cannot obtain advanced standing and/or transfer credit for more than 75 percent of the required program credits in an Associate or Technical Diploma program; or more than 50% of the required program credits in a Certificate program.
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